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Niels Esperson Building

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1927, John Eberson. 808 Travis St.

Built by Houston's foremost female developer of the 1920s, Mellie Keenan Esperson, as a memorial to her husband, the thirty-two-story Niels Esperson Building was the tallest building in Texas when completed. Eberson, a Chicago architect best known for his sumptuous movie palaces, detailed the Niels Esperson Building with Italian Renaissance decor, culminating in the terra-cotta-faced tempietto that crowns the building's topmost setback.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.
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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Niels Esperson Building", [Houston, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/TX-01-HN17.

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 333-334.

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